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Unit information: Biological Psychology in 2016/17

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Unit name Biological Psychology
Unit code PSYC20004
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2D (weeks 19 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ludwig
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

PSYC10004

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description

This central theme of the unit is the biological basis of behaviour. It is structured around a number of key themes (e.g. attention, executive function), with an emphasis on the neural mechanisms that shape cognition and behaviour in those domains. The unit covers a range of techniques used in the study of the link between brain, mind and behaviour (e.g. electrophysiology, neuroimaging, neuropsychology).

Aims:

  • Develop student's interest, scientific knowledge and understanding of the study of the interaction between the central nervous system and behaviour.
  • Introduce students to the methodological approaches to the study of the central nervous system and the application of these to particular cognitive domains.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the role and importance of converging empirical evidence in the formation of theory.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the way in which theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data.
  • Help students to make conceptual links to other areas of psychological science.
  • Help students to acquire a wide range of transferable skills.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, the student will:

  • Have a comprehensive understanding and scientific knowledge of the topic and methodological approaches to the study of the central nervous system and its links to behaviour.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the application of these approaches to the study of specific areas of psychological science.
  • Be able to integrate this understanding of these methodologies with other areas of psychological science.
  • Be able to plan and contribute to seminar-based presentations of topics covered in this unit and have further improved their scientific writing skills.

Teaching details

This unit comprises 16 x 2 hour lectures (second hour is for Q&A purposes), two revision tutorials and 8 x 1 hour seminars (presenting at one of these).

Assessment Details

Summative assessment with one 1600-word written essay (20%); one oral presentation in seminar (20%) and one 2-hour written exam (60%).

Reading and References

The reading list with ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’ and ‘Further’ reading will be posted on Blackboard.

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